Recently, I wrote about two speakers I heard who made a big impression on me—and that one of them, Jeff Goins, talked about how artists are always recreating themselves.
In church last Sunday, we listened to another fabulous speaker, Diane Schofield, who tapped into a similar theme during her talk.
Diane is the Founder and CEO of Hands of Mercy Everywhere (H.O.M.E.), a beautiful Christian home for teenage girls, teen mothers and their babies that is located in Belleview, Florida.
For an idea of what an impact Diane and her team are making, consider the mission, vision, and values statements they have on their website:
- Mission: “The mission of home is ‘To provide a Christian-based residential group home for teenage girls, and pregnant or parenting teens in the foster care system.’”
- Vision: “Hands of Mercy Everywhere, Inc. (H.O.M.E) and our community will work together to provide teen girls and teen mothers with needed resources including education, parenting classes, life skills, career development, counseling and other means of evidenced-based programs and support as we lovingly transition them into adulthood.”
- Values: “Hands of Mercy Everywhere, Inc (H.O.M.E) will help prevent abuse, abandonment, and neglect by focusing on individual strengths and needs related to safety, permanency, and well-being through quality residential care.”
I was so impressed with the love, commitment, and passion of Diane and her team—as well as the level of quality in everything they do—that by the time she finished, I wanted to jump in and donate or volunteer.
But I digress.
What brought Diane to mind as I was thinking about this post was her description of how God used Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life, to tug her from her former career to step into something new.
That something new ended up being the ministry of H.O.M.E.—which has also resulted in her being a leader in the state as an advocate for children.
Diane said Warren’s book fueled a need to figure out exactly what God wanted her to do with her life.
What specific purpose He wanted her to latch onto.
I know that feeling—since it’s often what leads me to recreating myself in one way or another.
At this point in my life, my recreating framework is in trying to determine the focus God wants for my writing—which is why I loved another of Jeff Goins’ proposals: that clarity comes with action.
That bit of encouragement started me on a writing and researching journey in which I’m gaining new insights to determine what I need to let go of, what I need to keep, and perhaps what I need to return to that I hadn’t even considered.
I’m still pondering all of that, so I won’t try to paint that picture right now.
But considering such things makes me grateful for people like Diane and Jeff who serve as examples and encouragers to listen for God’s voice—and then recreate ourselves as needed in obedience to his call.
How about you?
I’d love to hear how you’ve recreated yourself in one way or another over the years.
Please join the conversation by commenting below.
Feature photo by Ravi Roshan on Unsplash.
This post originally appeared in the 2/29/2020 edition of The Empowered Traveler newsletter.